Project Background

By 2003 Heaton graveyard was in an advanced state of dereliction, the result of decades of neglect, with over ninety percent of the graves inaccessible. The site had reverted back to secondary woodland, inappropriate for the site and a relatively species-poor habitat.

Self-seeded sycamores had become mature trees, and gravestones and monuments had become dislodged and damaged due to the presence of ever growing ivy and brambles.

As a result of the on-going deterioration the graveyard had become an enclosed area for anti-social behavioural problems and frequent fly-tipping, and a cause of great concern for the residents of Heaton.

In December 2003 two public meetings were held at Heaton Baptist Chapel concerning the state of the graveyard and the resultant problems. The Heaton Graveyard Community Project was subsequently constituted as an independent, not-for-distributory-profit, voluntary organisation, with the aim of restoring the graveyard to its former glory.

Plan of Heaton Graveyard Work Areas

Heaton Graveyard
Work Areas
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The grounds were initially divided into four work areas to facilitate a systematic approach to the large scale regeneration task required.

Heaton Graveyard 2004

Heaton Graveyard 2004

Ivy covered monument


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